Tony Gaziano was in San Francisco yesterday representing Gaziano & Girling, the Northampton maker of high quality bespoke and, an even greater achievement in my opinion, what may be the world's best machine-made shoes.
Remarkably for a small firm, the company spent two months retooling production earlier this year to further refine the shape of the waists on its made to order line. It was a significant investment but G&G are now making the only machine-made shoes I've seen with a shape that's as elegant as many bespoke shoes.
The retooling meant that G&G's quoted five month order time extended by as much as six weeks, but they are once again reducing their backlog and expect to be back to normal sometime in December. Fortunately, the shoes that are being delivered later than promised have the new shape. That includes the first deliveries of the Suitable City Shoe (see A Semi-Formal Shoe for Day Wear).
G&G now show a range of traditional MTO shoes to complement the line-up of modern models that originally attracted attention to Tony's designs. The photo shows a Derwent blucher in dark brown suede, which combines some of the best features of each.
And with the recent strength of the dollar against the English pound, we can look forward to better prices for those slimmer waists.